Coronavirus lockdown 4.0 updates: interstate travel, taxis allowed

NEW DELHI: On the last day of shutdown 3.0, India reported more than 5,000 cases in a single day for the first time on Sunday and 154 deaths. India's total death in Covid-19 crossed the 3,000 mark and stood at 3,023, a 3.2% death rate. The total number of cases exceeds 90,000.

Here are the best developments:

Lockdown 4.0: interstate travel, taxis allowed

Markets can be opened in addition to independent stores. Salons and hairdressers can also open in red areas. However, the stores will have staggered times and must guarantee social distancing. Interstate movement of vehicles and buses is permitted with the consent of the states. They will also decide on bus services within the state. Taxis, cars, taxi aggregators, and e-rickshaw services are no longer banned in the red zones.

States released to fix areas

By designating zones, states have been allowed to draw up lists of red, orange, and green zones, albeit in accordance with the detailed guidelines provided by the Center. Saturday's order from the Interior Ministry revealed that several requests from states seeking space to organize economic activities have been accepted. Inter-state bus travel will require the consent of the states concerned, which is not an obstacle as many are ready to allow it.

What is not yet allowed in lockdown 4.0

National and international passenger air travel and metro services have not yet started. Schools, universities, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls, swimming pools and gyms will continue to be closed. All social, political, religious and places of worship have yet to open. Movement of people will continue to be prohibited across the country from 7 p.m. at 7 a.m. People over 65, with comorbidities, pregnant women, children under the age of 10 should stay home.

There is no 33% limit on office attendance

There is no 33% staff rule for offices, industry, and businesses. The states will elaborate norms of social distancing.

The e-tailers are preparing to deliver in the three zones

Even as the country enters shutdown 4.0, which will continue through the end of May, the ease of restrictions on companies and factories will help move economic activities. E-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart are also preparing to start deliveries in all three zones (green, orange, and red), except in the containment zones.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui's house in quarantine with family in UP

Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family have been in quarantine for 14 days at their home in Budhana, in the Muzaffarnagar district. The actor and his family underwent a medical examination and were negative for Coronavirus. The actor arrived at his home on May 15 after taking a travel pass. He and his family have been asked to remain in quarantine until May 25.

The running of the bulls continued in Ludhiana de Punjab until May 31 with some relaxation

The closure has been extended in the Ludhiana district of Punjab until May 31. However, activities such as taxi and taxi aggregators, barber shops and salons and agricultural activities have been allowed to operate in non-containment areas. The nightly curfew is imposed from 7 pm to 7 am in the Ludhiana district from May 18 to 31. In containment areas, only essential activities will be allowed. In Ludhiana, as of now, there are no demarcated containment areas.

China reports 25 new cases of coronavirus, Wuhan has highest asymptomatic infections

China has reported 25 new patients with Covid-19 and 14 asymptomatic cases were detected in Wuhan, the first epicenter of the coronavirus, bringing the number of such infections in the city to 337, the highest in the country. The death toll in China stood at 4,634 on Sunday with no new deaths reported. The Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) reported seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 asymptomatic cases on Sunday.

Deaths from coronavirus-like symptoms on the rise in Yemen's Aden

Deaths in Aden have increased at least five times more than normal, say an NGO and doctors, fueling fears that the coronavirus is spreading unhindered in the port city of Yemen. Six years of war against the Huthis, and a growing line of failure among forces opposed to that rebel team, have left the authorities ill-equipped to control the spread of the virus. The first coronavirus case in Aden, the provisional capital of the government, was only recorded about a month ago. But since then, recorded deaths have increased sevenfold, according to health officials.

(With contributions from agencies)

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